Kevin Barnes of Vermont Properties and Development has completed the requirements to earn his CIPS designation.
Recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training needed to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk.
Only agents who have completed the rigorous coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in international business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.
CIPS designees must complete 5 full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of international transactions, including:
• Currency and exchange rate issues
• Cross-cultural relationships
• Regional market conditions
• Investment performance
• Tax issues
Agents who have the CIPS designation are well-informed and prepared to work with international clients to ensure a smooth and seamless experience for foreign buyers.
Real estate is a complex field, one that requires continual training. The CIPS designation is critical for brokers and agents who want to provide the best possible experience for their international buyers and sellers. Working with a CIPS designee is your best and most trusted resource for navigating the international market.
Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. is proud to have Kevin Barnes as part of our experienced team of Agents. While there are over 2800 CIPS designees worldwide, there are only 7 in the entire state of Vermont.
Congratulations Kevin on your most recent accomplishment, obtaining your CIPS designation! From all of us at VT Prop, we are proud to have you on the team!
Summer is officially here! Unfortunately not only is it here, but it will be gone before we know it. Coming into August, here are some summer fitness ideas to work into your schedule before the warm weather eludes us again for months!
While relaxing in the sun is a wonderful way to de-stress and let your mind wander towards anything other than the usual day-to-day and week-to-week tasks, some of us ignore an incredible outlet for both mental and physical health… exercise! Sure, skiing and snowboarding are awesome exercise in the winter, but what about summer, you may ask? The village of Ludlow has nearly countless options for fun, rejuvenating, relaxing, and exhilarating exercise. We promise there is something for everyone! Just some of the options include: biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and golf.
Hiking: With Okemo Mountain in the heart of Ludlow, who could ask for a more convenient hiking spot? Okemo offers many trail networks to enjoy and explore, and if you’ve already taken advantage of these beautiful trails and are looking to expand your hiking horizons, there are MANY more breath-taking locations within an hour or two of Ludlow. For more information on hiking at Okemo, please visit Okemo Mountain's website.
Biking: Okemo has an exciting new activity to offer visitors of all fitness levels, ages, and experience at their Evolution Bike Park! The Evolution Bike Park is a lift-serviced mountain biking experience that includes trails for people of all levels of experience. From first-timers to veteran mountain bikers, everyone is sure to enjoy this park! For more information on the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo.
Canoeing/Kayaking: The Ludlow/Okemo area is home to 3 pristine lakes for visitors to enjoy: Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, and Lake Pauline. For more information on boating, fishing, and outdoor swimming, check out Your Place in VT for more information
Stay cool and stay fit out there!
As always...If you are in town stop in and say hi. We would love to see you!
The 2014/15 ski season is winding down. As we come off one of the snowiest ski seasons in history here in the northeast we take stock of winter and reflect on how busy we continue to be here at Vermont Properties and Development. As real estate professionals we are often asked when the busiest sales time of year is. Typically the answer is "going in to and out of the ski season"; this holds true again this year!
The number of closed transactions continue be up from previous years and interest rates remain low. Many buyers we work with are very savvy about this information and use it to guide decisions. What does this mean? People are buying houses to take advantage of these conditions and we are seeing available inventory for certain properties decrease.
Do you have your eyes on a property? Better jump before someone else does and remember, we are here for you every step of the way and beyond!
So…looking out the office window and what to my wondering eyes should appear? Snow! Go figure…But there is a benefit to all this white stuff still piling up, spring skiing will be great!
March brings longer, sunnier days and as expected, it has come in like a lion hinting toward some extended spring skiing. We are still accumulating fresh natural snow making for great conditions that are rare this time of year. We begin to see people skiing and riding without their jackets and some so bold as to shed their winter gear altogether and don a bathing suit!
As we cruise through the month, Okemo Mountain pulls out all the stops to end the season with a bang. Jackson Gore will be hosting a variety of events that are worth checking out.
Mid-March, “Spring Daze” brings a free outdoor concert to Jackson Gore, complete with heated tent, beer garden, barbeque and 3 bands rocking the afternoon.
Toward the end of March, a new event will draw the crowds. Hops on the Snow brewfest will be at Jackson Gore. This will be a one-day beer festival where folks can sample 10 new seasonal beers and have some great food at the barbeque while listening to some live music.
As March turns in to April, one final crazy spring tradition will take place. The Slush Cup and Splash for Cash event will bring a smile to your face. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors take a downhill run toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. The most fun is watching the ones who do not make it. Time for an early and very cold swim!
We look forward to seeing you in Vermont for some of the best spring skiing in years and some pretty cool events.
It's been a crazy busy year for the VT Properties team but we hope to break away and join you on Okemo for some spring fun!
On March 20th at 6:45 p.m. all the snow will melt, the trees will bud, crocuses will bloom and the birds will be singing. Well… maybe not, but it is the first day of spring.
What we can be certain of are two things. Spring skiing will be awesome and it is the beginning of prime selling season for real estate. The weather is getting warmer and people are getting out there. This is also the time of year when houses will begin their transformation. Green lawns, blooming flowers and bright sunny days draw people out to look at houses. It has been a long dark winter and spirits are high. It is time for a fresh start.
There is an influx of new listings and inventory comes back up. Choices are everywhere, but don’t wait too long. Just like you there are other potential buyers looking for that special place, if you find something you love, you better grab it. If not, other homebuyers are waiting in the wings.
Vermont is a special place year-round but spring brings something wonderful to Vermont. We begin to earn our name as the Green Mountain State. So come to Vermont and find your dream home. Whether you are looking for your primary home or a second home in the Lakes regions or on Okemo Mountain, Vermont Properties can deliver.
Come join us as our State comes alive with the bounties of spring! We look forward to meeting you.
Brrrr...It’s cold outside!
We prayed for snow and boy did we get it, but with the snow came the freezing temps.
Vermont is famous for its winter activities from skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and hiking.
Whatever winter activity you choose, don’t forget to stay safe in these frigid temperatures.
As our mothers taught us, wear your coat, hat, boots and mittens. Stay bundled up. Take frequent breaks and come inside to warm up. While you are staying safe and warm, the folks at Vermont Properties wants to remind you to take some precautions for keeping your furry companions safe and warm too!
When the mercury dips, extra precautions need to be taken:
• Keep your cat inside. Felines can freeze, become lost or injured
• Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice
• Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. Cars act as freezers in the winter
• Puppies and elderly dogs do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, limit the outdoor play time
• Make sure your furry companion has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts
Dogs & cats lose most of their body heat from their paw pads, ears and through respiration, consider a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the neck to the belly. For some, a nice pair of paw booties will keep them warm and free from salt.
By taking some simple precautions, our furry friend will be as safe and comfortable as their human counterparts. At VT Properties and Development, we care about you and your pets. Stay safe out there!
This week we are taking a closer look at Plymouth, VT. Located along scenic routes 100 & 100A, Plymouth is actually comprised of two small villages, Plymouth and Plymouth Notch. Well known as a national historic treasure, its biggest claim to fame is as the birth place and final resting spot of President Calvin Coolidge. You can check out the State Historic site and even visit his homestead! The Plymouth Notch historic district offers a step back in time. Stroll the streets and visit the general store, church, and other buildings which contain much of the original furnishings. The Center of town has been precisely maintained almost as it was at the turn of the century.
While on your walk be sure to stop into the Plymouth Artisan Cheese factory. Started by John Coolidge, father of President Calvin Coolidge, this is one of the oldest cheese enterprises in the U.S. You can complement any cheese you may pick up with a stop into the Long Trail Brewing Company.
From adventurous snowmobile tours and skiing in the winter to spending the day in the sun at one of the local State parks, Plymouth has something for everyone, every season of the year.
At just 49 square miles, Mount Holly is a small town with so much to offer. This little town of rural simplicity is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the day. Year round, take in the farms and fields dotted along the dirt roads and rolling hills as the backdrop to spectacular views of the valleys and mountains. While the town has much to offer in the warmer months due to its proximity to Star Lake and Lake Ninevah, it surely cannot be overlooked in the winter months!
When you decide to take some time off the Mountain to explore the various towns surrounding Okemo be sure to make some time for the miles of V.A.S.T trails in Mount Holly or just walk around the village and say hi to the locals.
This special town takes real pride in their community events from their special 4th of July celebration to Columbus weekend, the folks in Mount Holly come together to appreciate what they have and invite everyone to join in their celebrations.
The next time you are in town and thinking that you might want to venture out of Ludlow village, take a short drive up the scenic 100 byway to Mount Holly. You will be glad you came!
Next week we will take a ride up the road to Plymouth.
If you are interested in any of our special towns or property on Okemo, contact us at Vermont Properties and Developement. We would love to meet you.
The 2014-15 ski season is off to a great start! We have had some nice natural snow and perfect temperatures for Okemo to “fill in the gaps” with their upgraded snow making capabilities.
As we begin the new year, I thought we should take some time to take a fresh look at the various complexes on Okemo. From intimate 1 bedroom units at Okemo Mountain Lodge to big homes on Solitude there is something for everyone.
Winterplace remains a favorite on the Mountain. Winterplace offers a convenient location mid mountain and within walking distance to the half pipe and the earliest snow making on the Mountain.
Solitude delivers some of the best long range views and convenient trail access. Though centrally located on this busy mountain, it lives up to the given name providing privacy at the end of the day.
Jackson Gore is an upscale community offering slope-side living and top notch amenities for the entire family. Convenient access to dining, shopping and mountain services; everything you need is just a short walk from your door.
Trailside consists of five distinct villages, each with unique styles, features, and ski access. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night.
Kettle Brook is one of Okemo's original slope-side communities. With Okemo's Bull Run and Kettlebrook trails just outside your door you enjoy coveted ski on/ski off access making this a prime location wtih a private setting and classic alpine style condos.
Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex comprised of seven buildings and located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making.
Snow Trak consists of twenty one single family homes on the convenient Snow Trak trail; each with beautiful views and luxurious floor plans.
Okemo Mountain Lodge (OML) provides easy access to base area slopes, main lifts and skier services. Located at the base of Okemo Mountain, this ski in/ski out condo location is a favorite option for busy skiers.
Alpen Meadows is a community of single family homes on cul-de-sac style roads with private wooded settings, convenient shuttle service to the slopes and close proximity to Ludlow Village.
No matter your preference, Vermont Properties can help you find your perfect location both on and off Okemo. Come Live Where you Play!
As you know, Okemo Mountain is open! The snow guns are humming and the snow makers welcome the colder temperatures. We have had some natural snow here in Vermont but most of the trails will be brought to you courtesy of the snow making team on Okemo.
You may be thinking that you can't wait until we are buried in natural snow! After all, that's what winter is about in this area. There is no such thing as too much snow, right? But ask someone from Western NY about this and you may get a very different answer. Turns out, there is such a thing as too much snow.
Never fear, regardless of Mother Nature's gifts (or lack of), the Mountain team can handle anything that comes their way; there will be snow, it will be groomed. Winter is our time to shine and we will not disappoint.
If you are newer to the Okemo scene, check out our Condo Guide. This is a great tool to orient you to the Mountain and it's various complexes. We also have links to help familiarize you with the area and to find other activities in the area. There is so much to do both on and off Okemo.
Come Live Where You Play ~ The team at Vermont Properties and Development can make it happen!
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